Originally Posted by raymillard
Don't bother to replace it. Go to Morrison's/ Asda, etc and buy 3 swim tubes @£3 each. Then gaffa tape them together to the thickness you need. You can use a breadknife to taper the front and back, and there you have it. It worked for me. They weigh next to nothing and will coil up to put in the boot.
I love hearing about Morrisons and Asda's as my Aunt, who I visit yearly, lives in Ellesmere Port. I ordered one from a company named Aqua Marine Boats in Richmond B.C. for $100.00 shipped. It's a little bit longer than the original but it should still fit in the hull. If not, I will cut it down and re-glue one end. The only reason I'm reluctant to name the replacement company is that I don't want to send out the message that it's a good replacement until I receive it and put it to the test. Once I have undergone sea trials and if the product is as advertised I will give a full write up on my experience and whether this company/product is reputable enough to recommend. Thus far, communications with them have been great, specs and photos were provided accordingly and it looks like a worthy replacement....we'll see
The pool noodle idea is one I will keep for future reference as it sounds viable as well. I also thought about filling the old one with those styrofoam beads that fill bean bag chairs. I can buy them in my local craft store and although I won't be able to deflate/empty the keel, it will offer the flexibility that I need without the stiff rigidity of expanding foam. Has anyone done the expansion foam? What are your experiences? I fear that once filled and rigid, it would just break up into dust as soon as you put it under load. How would one fill it? In layers? Or all in one go, put the floor boards in and let it set in the needed position?
I appreciate all the positive feedback I have received and look forward to hearing and sharing other experiences with SIB's.
They're certainly a lot more suitable to my storage needs and on-water requirements, than my previous Bombard RIB (which I loved, did a lot of modifications to and got a lot of use out of)
Keep the ideas coming!